Loyola Communications had just launched other6.com, a website that offers a simple program to help spiritual growth. Visitors are asked to answer two questions: “Where have you found God today?” “Where do you need to find God today?” The site will keep track of your answers. Over time, you should be able to see patterns of God’s work in your life.
Paul Campbell, the Jesuit who leads the site’s team, is so confident that Other6 will make a difference that he’s issued a 14-day challenge. Use the site every day for two weeks. “If at the end you haven’t learned more about yourself and about God, we’ll give you your old relationship with God back to you!”
Paul is confident because the idea behind Other6 has a long and distinguished history in the church. It’s based on the Daily Examen of St. Ignatius Loyola. This is a method of prayerful reflection on the events of the day that is designed to detect God’s presence. The Examen is a daily discipline which especially looks for God in the ordinary events of life. The name of the site reflects this emphasis. It refers to the “other 6″ days of the week — the days of the week besides Sunday.
At the site you can read what other people say about where they have found God, and where they need God. (Identities are hidden, of course.) My favorite today is a woman from Pennsylvania who writes, “After six years of loneliness Bob came into my life. I feel like I’m 60 again.”